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Elaine Taylor

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio show Science Questions and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. She is a host of UPR’s 5:30 Newscast and a science writer for the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. Elaine hopes to bring her experiences living abroad in Turkey and Austria into her work.


Utah News
6:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Too Controversial? God Loves Gays Billboard Campaign Seeks Home

A group is trying to find a billboard company willing to post thier message in the Salt Lake City area.
God Loves Gays billboard project

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign sponsored by Facebook God, a cartoon character that has nearly 2 million followers, is raising money to place billboards that say “God Loves Gays” around the country.

God, whose true identity remains unknown, spoke in the campaign video.

“The Westboro Baptist Church, this hate group goes around saying God hates gay people. Nonsense, I love gay people.”

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Utah Science
6:38 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Lights May Brighten Utah Sky

The Northern Lights may be seen as far south as centeral Utah.

Normally the Northern Lights are reserved for their namesake—the far North, but tonight part of Utah and much of the northern third of the United States may get a glimpse of the spectacle.

The aurora is caused by magnetized plasma clouds released by the sun. According to NASA, these clouds become part of the solar wind that can collide with our planet’s magnetic field. That invisible field surrounding Earth is stretched by the winds, said Tabitha Buehler, assistant professor lecturer of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah.

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Utah Jobs
6:05 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Glass Manufacturer Re-opens In St. George, Brings 300 Jobs

The glass manufacturing company Viracon will be returning to St. George later this year.
Credit Viracon

Viracon was forced to close its glass manufacturing plant in 2013 after the economic impact of the recession dampened demand for architectural glass.

The company is following through on their promise to return when the economy for glass improved, said Director of Marketing for Viracon, Kevin Anez.

“It was really a result of the recession that was lagging on, and since then we’ve seen a turnaround and the levels of demand are growing higher than we’ve seen in several years,” Anez said. “It’s great to see the commercial market coming back, and for those reasons we are opening our St. George plant so that we can better manage our capacity levels.”

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Utah Health and Wellness
5:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Virus Suspected In Uptick Of Hospitalizations Of Utah Children

Primary Children’s Hospital announced Tuesday that the care facility has seen an uptick in the number of children admitted with respiratory disease symptoms. According to a statement from the hospital, many are testing positive for the family of viruses that includes Enterovirus D-68. Many enteroviruses are common and do not tend to make people very ill; however, the D-68 virus has been sending children in 10 states to the hospital, some of them landing in intensive care.

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Utah Science
6:27 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

First Dinosaur Found In Utah Excavated 155 Years After Discovery

The inaugural dinosaur find in the state is finally being excavated after a 155-year gap following discovery.

155 years after it was discovered, the first dinosaur found in Utah is finally being excavated. In 1859, while on the Macomb Expedition, botanist and geologist John Newberry discovered the fossilized remains of what is now known to be a sauropod. Newberry attempted to excavate the remains at the time of discovery, but lacked the proper tools and time.

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Arts and Culture
6:31 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Orphan Outreach Organization Performs in Southern Utah

The 2012 Choir. The choir in 2014 is coming to a Utah town, sharing music and culture.
The Pioneer

The Matsiko World Orphan Choir is coming to Shepard of the Hills United Methodist Church in St. George. The choir is made up of 17 children from as far away as India, Peru and Liberia.

The choir is part of the International Children’s Network, an organization which seeks to pair sponsors with orphaned or at-risk children.

Don Windham co-founded the International Children’s Network with his wife in 1997. 

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Utah Food
9:54 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Swine Virus Found In Utah For The First Time

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Wednesday that the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, has been detected at the state’s largest hog farm. The Salt Lake Tribune Reports that farm to be Circle Four Farms in Beaver County.

The disease, which is not a threat to humans but is highly contagious between hog farms, was first detected in 2013 and is suspected to have been imported from Asia.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms in adult pigs but can be deadly for piglets. Because of the high mortality rate, pork prices have been climbing since the spring.

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Utah News
5:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Naked Art: Photographer Works In The Nude To Explore Emotion

Trevor Christensen's latest work has been capturing his subject's reactions to his own nudity.
Trevor Christensen!/p/nude-portraits

A new project from a photojournalist in Provo is causing quite a stir online. The focus of his work is nude photos, but it isn’t the subjects who are naked.

Trevor Christensen launched the project titled Nude Portraits earlier this week. Christensen’s subjects are fully clothed, but he—the photographer—is not.

Click here for Christensen's full gallery.

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Utah News
5:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

State Granted Extra Month For Gay Marriage Appeal

The state of Utah was granted an extra month to file an appeal in a case that could decide the rights granted to gay couples married between Dec. of 2013 and Jan. of 2014.

Tuesday a federal appeals court granted the state of Utah an extra month to file its appeal of a federal order that would require the state to recognize the nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married between December and January.

The new deadline for the state’s appeal to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is Oct. 22.

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Utah Science
6:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The Brink Of Eruption: Icelandic Volcano Could Halt Air Travel, Cause Floods…Or Not

When Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, air travel in Europe was delayed for weeks and windblown ash could be seen from space.

Iceland is known for its volcanic activity; however, it wasn’t until 2010, when an Icelandic eruption shut down air travel in Europe, that the whole world took notice. Now, another volcano is on the brink of eruption, but what may happen is still unclear. UPR spoke with Mary Hubbard, a Utah State University geologist who recently returned from Iceland, about the most recent volcano to make the news.

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